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Lennox Zimmermann – Last Days on a 16″ BMX

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10 year old Lennox Zimmermann’s last days on his 16″ BMX. Hit play.

Filmed and edited by Noah Kolbe

BMX Groms Official BMX Bike Sizing Guide

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What size BMX Bike should I ride?

We’ve tracked some of the raddest BMX Groms in the world, as they’ve progressed, grown and moved from one bike size to another. These are the bike sizes that these shredders are most comfortable riding and if you want to progress like they are, have fun and stay safer – take a serious look at this BMX bike sizing guide.

Thanks to the many kids and parents, who have provided the input to help make this guide possible. One of the number one reasons – maybe the number one reason – for younger riders getting discouraged and quitting BMX, is being bought a bike for them to “grow into”. Get a bike the right size – not one to grow into!

BMX Groms official BMX Bike sizing guide infographic, which answers the question, what size BMX bike should I ride? A 12 inch, 14", 16", 18" or 20"

2016 Sunday Primer – 16″ and 18″ BMX Bikes

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Nahum lays down a perfect tabletop on an 18" Sunday Radocaster build. The Radocaster shares its proven geometry with the Sunday Primers.

Nahum lays down a perfect tabletop air on an 18″ Sunday Radocaster build. The Radocaster shares its proven geometry with the Sunday Primers.

The 2016 16″ and 18″ Sunday Primers are once again a perfect choices for younger shredders. In the past we’ve tested the Sunday Primers at BMX Groms and the Sunday Radocaster frame – which shares the same geometry – and been impressed.

Our Sunday Radocaster “Hands On” Review

Our Sunday Primer 16 and 18 Inch “Hands On” Review

Geometry

Sunday has taken the younger age group of riders seriously and developed it’s 16 and 18 inch frame geometry to feel the same as a 20″ BMX would to a larger rider. Last year when we tested the Radocaster frame we noticed our test rider progressing in some areas, within an hour of switching to the frame. Tricks such as half-cabs, 360’s and 540’s, higher hops and popping up into manuals are easier.

Highlights

Highlights include: the frame and forks feature cromo dropouts, they come with cromo cranks featuring mid sealed bottom brackets, seat/seatpost combos and Odyssey brakes.

The 16″ comes with a 16″ specific brake lever for those smaller hands, a 40mm reach top load stem and this year the 16″ comes with Sunday Current tires.

The 18″ comes with a Sunday Freeze frontload stem and Sunday cornerstone grips.

The stock Primers will be more than strong enough for most riders in the age range for these bikes. However if you get to the point you want to upgrade the 18″, you could buy the Sunday Radocaster full cromo frame and fork set, switch it up and you wouldn’t even have to get used to a new bike – the geometry is the same.

Verdict

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new bike and you like the Primers, BMX Grom’s verdict is: “Choose the right size and send it!”

Getting the right size bike is really important and Sunday has taken things a step further with their proportional geometry.

Specifications

PRIMER 16″ (Watermelon Green)

sunday bikes 2016 primer 16 inch watermelon green

FRAME: 16.5” TT, Chromoly dropouts
FORK: 16” fork with 2PC Steerer tube, Chromoly dropout
HANDLEBAR: Primer 16 23” Width, 6.8” Rise, 12° Back, 1° Upsweep
STEM: Sunday Top-Load Stem 40mm
HEADSET: Sunday Sealed Integrated
HEADSET CAP: Sunday M6 AL Pre-Load Bolt
BRAKE: Odyssey Springfield
BRAKE CABLE: Odyssey Quik Slic
BRAKE LEVER: Sunday 16″ specific
GRIPS: Junior
SEAT: Junior Seat and Post combo
SEAT POST: Integrated
SEAT CLAMP: Sunday
SPROCKET: Sunday, 25T, steel
CRANKS: 140mm, 3-piece, Chromoly RHD
BB PARTS: 19mm sealed Mid
PEDALS: Wellgo Jr Plastic
RIMS: 16” rim, 20H
FRONT HUB: Sunday, 20H, Low-flange, Loose-ball
REAR HUB: Sunday, 20H, Semi-Sealed, 10T
SPOKES: Steel Black
TIRES: Sunday Current 16 x 2.1 (F & R)
CHAIN: KMC Z-410

PRIMER 18″

sunday bikes 2016 primer 16 inch watermelon green

FRAME: 18.5” TT, Chromoly dropouts
FORK: 18 fork with 2PC Steerer tube, Chromoly dropouts
HANDLEBAR: Primer 18 25.5” Width, 7.65” Rise, 12° Back, 1° Upsweep
STEM: Sunday Front-Load Stem 48mm
HEADSET: Sunday Sealed Integrated
HEADSET CAP: Sunday M6 AL Pre-Load Bolt
BRAKE: Odyssey Springfield
BRAKE CABLE: Odyssey Quik Slic
BRAKE LEVER: Odyssey Springfield
GRIPS: Sunday Cornerstone
SEAT: Sunday Cloud Seat and Post combo
SEAT POST: Integrated
SEAT CLAMP: Sunday
SPROCKET: Sunday, 25T, steel
CRANKS: 155mm, 3-piece, Chromoly RHD
BB PARTS: 19mm sealed Mid
PEDALS: Sunday Plastic
RIMS: 18” rim, 28H
FRONT HUB: Sunday, 28H, Low-flange, Loose-ball
REAR HUB: Sunday, 28H, Semi-Sealed, 9T
SPOKES: Steel Black
TIRES: Innova 18 x 2.1 (F & R)
CHAIN: KMC Z-410

Subrosa 2016 BMX Bikes – Balance, 16″, 18″

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2016 Subrosa Atlus Balance bike

First up is the 2016 Subrosa Atlus Balance bike. The Subrosa 2016 Balance is designed to give a young rider the confidence to balance on their own and then be able to ride a bike with a drive train without ever riding training wheels. The bike is decked out with Subrosa’s Maze seat, a Rant sealed headset, soft rubber grips, and a head-tube badge.

 

2016 Subrosa Atlus 16″ BMX Bike

Next is the 2016 Subrosa Atlus 16″ BMX Bike. It is designed with a younger beginner level rider in mind and features a double gusseted frame, Rant chromoly tubular 3pc cranks, 14mm semi sealed Rant Cassette Hub with 9T driver, Subrosa “Maze” Seat, Shadow “Chula” DCR Grips, Shadow “Alfred” Clamp and Rant PC Pedals.

 

 2016 Subrosa SALVADOR 18″ BMX Bike

Finally we have the 2016 Subrosa SALVADOR 18″ BMX Bike. This 18″ looks super good and features a Subrosa “Uplift” Stem, Subrosa “Crest” Seat, Shadow “Chula” DCR Grips, Shadow “Alfred” Clamp, Rant Sealed Hubs.

 

For more information and specs on all these bikes head over to www.subrosabrand.com

WeThePeople Alpha Series: 12″ – 18″ BMX Bikes

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WeThePeople have just dropped their 2016 BMX lineup and we’re stoked to see they have put together 3 great bikes for younger riders. If you are not tall enough (under 5 feet) to comfortably ride a 20″ BMX, WeThePeople has something for you in 12, 16 or 18.

Here is what we thought from reviewing the look, specs and geometry and these bikes.

WeThePeople’s bikes always look amazing and they put a lot of attention to detail – their smallest sized line is no exception. If you show up at the skatepark on one of these, there are definitely going to be some locals checking out your ride. Hey, it’s great to feel good about how your bike looks. These are “entry level bikes” but they don’t look like it and won’t ride like it. For the majority of riders under 13 years old these bikes will be strong enough for everything you can put them through. Plus you’ll progress much faster and have way more fun if you get a BMX that fits your size properly and WeThePeople has made it easy to do.

WeThePeople 12 Inch BMX 2016

WeThePeople 12 inch BMX Easy Reach Brake Lever

Attention to detail here. WeThePeople’s easy reach brake lever for little hands.

12″ Prime

The 12″ Prime is such a rad looking little bike and it is well thought out. Any kid under 3 feet tall is going to have a blast on this thing. The bike is mostly built out of hi-tensile steel, which should be more than adequate strength for this size of rider – but even the forks have a formed crmo steerer tube – one part you don’t want to break. Other highlights include alloy 3-piece cranks, easy reach brake lever, low maintenance sealed bottom bracket, 9 tooth driver, smaller 83mm pegs, one piece combo seat and a prime wheelset. 15.2 pounds without pegs. When you’re done pass it onto your little brother or sister.

12" BMX with rad little 3 piece cranks.

12″ BMX with rad little 3 piece cranks.



16″ Seed

WeThePeople 16" BMX 2016 Colours

Chrome WeThePeople 16" seed.

Chrome WeThePeople 16″ seed.

Over 3 feet tall, but not getting near 4? Try out the WeThePeople 16” seed. We love both colourways, the chrome and blue is super clean and the black and red a bit more hardcore. Again WeThePeople has thought this through with features like pedals designed for smaller feet and smaller 85mm pegs and responsive geometry to aid progression. Other highlights include, crmo steerer tube on the forks, crmo 3-piece cranks, 16” “Valon” rims, 2.2” SALT strike tires on the front and rear and a one piece combo seat.

18″ Curse

WeThePeople 2016 BMX 18" Colours
WeThePeople 2016 Curse RAW BMXIf you’re close to 4 feet and under 5, you’ll want to take the 18″ Curse for a ride. Every shredder likes colour choice and the 18” Curse comes in 3 rad colourways. My favourite is the raw/polished and green, but the hardcore black and bright red also look killer. As the riders for this size are getting larger, WeThePeople have beefed up the frame a bit by adding a crmo downtube, and the forks have a 4130 crmo steerer like the other two. There is a pivotal seat, 2.2” SALT strike tires, fully sealed cassette hub and crmo cranks with sealed bottom bracket. This bike will help you progress and get you ready for that 20” BMX. If you already air several feet out, are clearing big boxes or trails sets you may want to build a custom full crmo 18″ BMX, but otherwise this will be a great ride. 22.7 pounds without pegs.

Last Word

For smaller riders, getting a BMX that fits their size is the most important factor when choosing a bike. WeThePeople look like they’ve spent some time getting it right. These bikes will definitely help little shredders progress.



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